‘The Hunger Games’ Fan Film and Trailer
After the Twilight books were derided for being poorly written and too full of teen angst, people quietly starting devouring an alternative: Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy.
Although the series is technically geared toward the same age group (teenagers), The Hunger Games is infinitely more dark and disturbing. In fact, after I finished the first book (The Hunger Games) I was pretty shocked that it was considered young-adult literature.
The Hunger Games takes place in a dystopian future, where the government (dubbed The Capital) controls every aspect of its citizens. Most people are starving and controlled via food and commodity rationing. Citizens live in one of 12 “districts.”
Each year every district holds a lottery in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen to represent their district in The Hunger Games. What are the Hunger Games, you ask? Think Survivor, but to the death. That’s right, the kids are released into a designated area and fight to death. Some are murdered, some starve to death, and some die of exposure. It’s just another heartwarming teen drama…
The first novel is a quick, compelling read. Collins touches on some fascinating themes about violence, society, and our voyeuristic love of reality television. Is this where we are headed? Similar themes were explored in The Running Man and The Long Walk, both of which were written by Stephen King.
Protagonist Katniss steps in for her little sister when she is chosen by the district. She is the anti-Bella. She is strong, capable, shrewd and doesn’t need a man (although she does find herself in a love triangle of sorts).
I have been obsessed with thinking about what kind of movie this will be. The film is listed as being in pre-production on IMDB, so we will have to wait several years to see a product. However, some really amazing fan-made trailers and clips are starting to emerge that have me excited.
If you haven’t read the first book, don’t watch the first clip, entitled “Katniss and Rue.” Very spoilery. The second clip is a fan-made trailer, safe for all eyes. If you have read the books, I am curious to know what you think of these. I am pretty impressed.
The entire trilogy of books has been offered as a box set, just in time for Christmas.